Cosplayers, actors, artists turn out for Yokota’s inaugural entertainment and comic convention

A child investigates a replica of R2-D2 from "Stars Wars" during the inaugural Yokota-Con at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.


By THERON GODBOLD | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 21, 2019

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — More than 1,000 anime, science-fiction and fantasy enthusiasts flooded the Taiyo Community Center over the weekend for the first Yokota-Con on this Air Force base in western Tokyo.

Yokota-Con — a takeoff on the annual comic book convention Comic-Con International — ran all Saturday afternoon and provided patrons with a number of booths and activities, from live music to gaming. Entrance was free, but only for service members, their families and guests and civilian ID holders.

Actor Dan Payne, best known for his role in the 2011 horror film “The Cabin in the Woods,” actress Olivia Hack, who played Cindy Brady in 1995’s “The Brady Bunch Movie,” and famed cos-player Yaya Han were among those on scene for autographs. They later sat on panels answering questions about their careers and future projects.

There were also meet-and-greets scheduled with “Pokemon” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” voice actor Rica Matsumoto and “Resident Evil” actor Dante Carver.

“I think this was well done for a first effort and they had more than I expected,” Chief Petty Officer Elizabeth Enockson said at the event. “It’s amazing that the military is starting to meet the geekdom need for these types of events.”

Yokota-Con ended with a children’s cosplay parade and a competition for adult cosplayers. The winners took home prizes like a Nintedo Switch video game console, a new sewing machine, camera equipment and tickets to the Tokyo Comic Con in November.

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Famous cosplayer and Yokota-Con guest Yaya Han poses in front of a work by painter Hidekichi Shigemoto during the convention at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.